Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem
By Hadhrat Moulana Abdul Hamid Is`haq Saheb
When in Madinatul Munawwarah…
We should try and spend as much time as possible in the Masjid and as close as possible to the Roudha-e-Mubaarak, sitting quietly, occupied in the recitation of Durood Sharief. We should think that my Durood is:
1.) Saying Jazakumullah to Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) for all his favours.
2.) Making Dua for Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)
3.) Praising Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)
4.) And expressing love for Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam).
Durood Sharief is a capsule which contains the Ibaadah of Shukr (appreciation), Hamd (praise), Dua (supplication) and Muhabbat (Love).
We should keep in mind that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is not in need of our Durood Sharief. From our side, our Durood Sharief is out of love, as well as seeking the great benefits of Durood Sharief.
When at Roudha-e-Mubaarak, we should also read the Kalimah Shahadah and request Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) to give evidence on our behalf, that we had read the Kalimah.
When in Makkatul Mukarramah…
We should take advantage of the wonderful and cherished opportunity to make Tawaafs. Nowhere else in the world is this Ibaadah possible.
We should try to complete as many Tawaafs as possible, but within our capacity. Keep in mind that Allah Ta’ala does not look at the quantity of our deeds, Allah Ta’ala looks at the quality, the sincerity and the attention we give to our Ibaadah.
Care should be taken not to inconvenience anyone, not even oneself. Tawaaf should be done with humility, dignity and concentration – and should not be done in haste or rushing and dashing through the crowd – as is sometimes seen on the Mataaf.
There should be no worldly activities brought into the Tawaaf or into the Masjid – whether Masjidul Haraam or Masjidun Nabawi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) - for example: making calls on one’s cell-phone, taking photographs, videoing, engaging in idle and unnecessary conversations, etc. This is totally unacceptable behaviour in any Masjid. To a greater degree, it will be reprehensible in the Masjidul Haraam and Masjidun Nabawi (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
Keep well occupied reciting the Qur’aan Sharief – with the aim to complete at least one Khatam during one’s stay. Engage in Dua as much as possible – for almost every place in the Haramayn Shareefayn is a place of acceptance of Dua. One should complete one's prescribed Dhikr and try to also bring in the following Tasbeehaat daily:
100 x Istighfaar
100 x Durood Sharief
100 x 3rd Kalimah
100 x 4th Kalimah
All of these Tasbeehaat are very greatly loved by Allah Jalla Jalaaluhu and the rewards are consequently also very great.
Together with the various Ibaadaat that are engaged in, while in the Haramayn Shariefayn, we have to preserve and safeguard the Noor accumulating in the heart and guard the rewards which are multiplying in our spiritual bank accounts. It is therefore necessary to abstain from all sins – and special attention needs be given to controlling the gaze - amidst the thousands of strange women and men, who are also present inside and outside the Haram Sharief.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq, as well as appreciation for the time we spend in the Haramayn Shariefayn.